Release roundup: Golden PSUs, a big honkin’ laptop, and Mini-ITX goodness

This week in our release roundup, we have news from Corsair, Eurocom, XFX, and Zotac:

  • World’s first 300W notebook with XTU, XMP, i7-980X and SLI GTX 480M. This acronym soup is none other than Eurocom’s latest 17-inch gaming laptop, which pairs a six-core Intel Core i7-980X processor (that’s the desktop one) with Nvidia’s quickest “mobile” graphics chip, the GeForce GTX 480M (which is based on the mighty GF100 GPU). Outfitting the Panther 2.0 with those two components via Eurocom’s configurator yields a price of $4,995, but the same system is available for a more reasonable $2,631 with a Core i7-930 and a GeForce GTX 285M.

I’ve gotta say, those Zotac Mini-ITX mobos would make great candidates for a home-theater PC. You could chuck in a TV capture card or even a discrete graphics card for PC gaming from the couch. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for retail availability.

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    • paulWTAMU
    • 9 years ago

    that video card is possibly the biggest waste of money I’ve seen in hardware recently

    • Krogoth
    • 9 years ago

    Why get a fancy version of 5970 when the Southern Islands are just on the foreseeable horizon?

      • eitje
      • 9 years ago

      yawn!

        • Krogoth
        • 9 years ago

        1/10

        Nice try.

        Next!

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    I still think the pictures should be under the bullet points. It just looks weird.

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      Or at the least space the blurb closer to the picture.

      We think more closely than you’d likeg{<.<}g

        • 5150
        • 9 years ago

        Father?

      • Duck
      • 9 years ago

      Never liked it since the 1st one. Should be title, picture, blurb.

    • FireGryphon
    • 9 years ago

    The XFX 5970 customer review on Newegg is awesome:

    *******************

    Pros: Good lord.
    It fits.
    It’s insanely fast, powerful, and displays are gorgeous.
    Has enough display ports for my bedroom and living room.
    Braggings rights.

    Cons: Barely fits, had to rearrange stuff.
    Power bill is likely to double.
    Sold my dirtbike to purchase this.
    Outperforms my CPU, will need to upgrade that.
    There isn’t a number higher than 7.9 on Windows Experience to actually see what this get. 9.5 possibly?

    Other Thoughts: Probably wasn’t the smartest decision to buy this considering the amount of other things that can be bought for $1k plus.

    *******************

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      A video card won’t get you laid, a dirt bike on the other hand….

    • AssBall
    • 9 years ago

    $1200 for a P-90 themed video card and case.

    Or instead, for only 15% more you could stop being a rich nerd poseur and get a real P-90.

    §[<http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=187207185<]§ I mean come on.....

      • shank15217
      • 9 years ago

      Gotta get them terrorists right?

    • RickyTick
    • 9 years ago

    $1,200 for a video card?!?! Seriously?!

    • crabjokeman
    • 9 years ago

    The Zotac board looks nice, but I would like to see a bigger fan (running at a lower default RPM for lower noise) since the heatsink is big enough to mount it on.

      • eitje
      • 9 years ago

      seconded. this is a beautiful board, marred by (what appears to be) a small, noisy fan.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 9 years ago

        It’s a CULV processor with a fairly good sized looking heatsink for the TDP. I bet the fan in’t particularly loud unless Zotac f’d up the speed control like they did on their GTX 460.

          • eitje
          • 9 years ago

          If a mITX board is 17×17 cm, then that’s probably a 6 cm fan. I can’t think of a time that I came across a small fan like that where it DIDN’T have an annoying whine to it.

            • Duck
            • 9 years ago

            It’s way more heatsink and fan than you get in a laptop so I don’t see any obvious reason for it to be loud.

    • Buzzard44
    • 9 years ago

    That’s not a laptop. That’s a portable, small form factor (expensive) desktop. We classically define laptops as being able to run on battery power. ~300W laptop with ~89WH battery means (roughly) <20 minutes battery life at load. No.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Zotac is winning my respect in a big way.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    A $3,000 “workstation” laptop with a glossy screen…just kill me now.

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      oh god i would love too……..

      JOKES!

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        You got me. I set myself up for that one. :p

    • Kurotetsu
    • 9 years ago

    The CULV mITX looks sweet. Its about time.

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    That is one helluva video card!

    If you have a choice between a $999 Core i7 Extreme 980x and this puppy at $1200, I think the choice is clear.

    Buy both!!! 😉

      • Duck
      • 9 years ago

      Or not…

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